My grandson, who is eight, begged me to let him ride his bike to school as I followed along behind. I finally agreed, telling him he had to stop and wait on me at the corners so I could catch up. Walking as fast as I possibly could, we finally made it to school. I now know that I will not need to do a cardio stress test this year, I just passed this one. His dad road his bike to pick him up after school. My grandson said to me, “why didn’t you come and follow me home?” to which I replied – having just gotten my breath back and legs to stop shaking after only six hours, I don’t have my bike here, so it was better for your dad to come.” He almost burst out laughing, “you can ride a bike.???” Incredulous I responded, “yes, it’s at home in the garage, next summer when you come to visit me, we’ll go for a ride.” He looked skeptical, but took my word for it. Now, I’ve only got 5 months to get the bike down from its nest on the ceiling of the garage, clean it up, and figure out how to ride more than ten feet before I collapse on the ground.
In part that is what the scripture is about. God wants us to walk in joy and love. He sent His Son into the world that we might experience true love and the joy of being in a relationship that goes beyond our ability and gives us new possibilities. I think I might need to pump up the tires, it’s only been five or six years since it was last ridden. But first, off to the gym!! Amazing how love is such a great motivator.